we are traveling to Marco Islnd for the first time this December and looking for a hotel to stay in that our kids (ages 13 and 8) will have fun at, as well as some family members that will be visiting us for the day. We are currently looking at the Hilton vs. the Marriott Beach Resorts and not sure which will be better. we like that the Hilton has 2 queen beds plus a pull out couch , giving us more room to spread out , as well as the Marco Walk plaza which seems conveniently close. on the other hand, we like that the Marriott has a bigger pool with a waterfall and seems to have more of a full service resort feel. my concerns about the Marriott are: 1.) its around $100-$150 more/night for similar type room (is it worth it?) 2.) seems like you need to get up and in line very early to get a seat by the pool (are both hotels the same way and will it be that way the week before Christmas?) 3.) are we better off staying at the Hilton being a little smaller and less hectic? By the way, i am also a Marriott rewards member but not sure if the additional cost or having to use 40,000 points per night would be worth it? Can anyone shed any light on which would be a better fit or if there is really much of a difference? or, is there a better hotel suggestion that we are missing?